Decorating an Ice Arena Ceiling for a Wedding

My daughter is getting married in August, and we are having the reception at an ice rink/ice arena. We are renting white pipe and drape to section off about a 80 feet on each side to about 80 feet across. I would really like to do something with the ceiling just to make it more closed in, as there are banners and such from hockey hanging around.

The ceiling is about 40 feet high, so I would like to run rope or chain through the beam (will get someone with a lift) and run it down about 15 feet from the floor where I would have a ring to feed fabric through and then swag it to the 8 foot pipe and drape, not sure what to do at that point.

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I know this would run into lots of money, so my question is (which I think would be very cheap), would it be too tacky to swoop plastic tablecloths from the center ring to the pipe and drape walls? This could be done so cheaply. Even though I could somehow attach tulle over the drape or swags of tulle between each tablecloth, I could get away so cheap this way. But I am not sure what it would look like, if it would be tacky. I would also like to put a string of lights in it.

I am attaching a picture so that you get an idea of the look I want. Thank You.

By Lisa from Ontonagon, MI

Decorating an Ice Arena Ceiling for a Wedding

February 28, 20110 found this helpful

Tulle fabric can be got at joannfabric.com, 50 yds. of 72" wide, for about $50.00. I don't know how much a comparable number to plastic table cloths would cost, however, I do think the tulle would look nicer and you could run the clear mini lights on top of it and the lights would shine through. Now another thought is unless you get the mini lights with white cords the lights with the typical green cords would look kind of tacky.

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February 28, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for your fast feedback. I also found really cheap medium weight satin, what would you think about satin swags (looks like the picture?) and in between each satin swag do tulle. My pipe and drape will be white drape so what color canopy would I go with, would white on white be fine? Thinking such her colors are canary and pool (yellow and blue) satin panel, then maybe the blue, then satin, then blue. That way I would cut down on the price by not getting as much satin. The color for it it is what I'm wondering too.

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February 28, 20110 found this helpful

I would think using her colors would work. In the picture I don't know if it is satin mixed in with the tulle of if it is all tulle. I'm kind of thinking that what looks like satin, might just be a difference in the way the lighting is hitting the fabric. Another fabric that is really cheap is nylon net, although I don't think that would have the ethereal look that tulle has. I kind of look at it like this it is your event, do what you want. Where I live, it is only the wealthy that have the reception at another location than the church fellowship hall, and that way you don't have to decorate to hide things. Even so, a lot of us here don't worry about that, we just do what our budget allows, and consider how many kids we will have to do this for. lol

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March 1, 20110 found this helpful

Would there be a problem with the lights melting the plastic perhaps? Might be something to consider. I have to agree with redhatterb, I think the tulle would look nice too.

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March 1, 20110 found this helpful

You should probably check with the local fire department to see what kind of material will be allowed. Much better safe than a tragedy.

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March 1, 20110 found this helpful

I'd go with the tulle & the lights. It gives a magical effect. try online for tulle in bulk you may get a better price that way. The satin can work well too-but i think would be quite a bit more money.

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March 1, 20110 found this helpful

May I suggest trying this on a small scale maybe the table cloths will look ok. 80 Ft is a lot to cover. If this looks ok Menards sells rolls of plastic 20x 10 for about $7.00. It is a great look hope every thing turns out for you.

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March 1, 20110 found this helpful

I was looking at the ad on your page and you would have to use a lot to cover, so u don't see through to the high ceiling. Maybe u could use the table cloths or plastic for a fake ceiling, and than use the satin like the ad shows you. Than you could fill in with tulle that is much cheaper.

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March 2, 20110 found this helpful

How about Balloons? Good luck!

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March 3, 20110 found this helpful

How many are attending? What about renting the outdoor tents that are white? Place lights, balloons, what ever decorations you want around and in the tent. This would be more cozy and inviting. Good luck.

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March 3, 20110 found this helpful

I was just in my basement cleaning and found a bed canopy. I think I paid $20.00 for it (four sided, about 8x10 on each side) the only thing is it is lace. Think I got it from LTD (just a thought).

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March 3, 20110 found this helpful

The canopy found in the basement, sounds nice, but it would be too small.Thank you.

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March 6, 20110 found this helpful

Check to see what alterations you can do (contract) and then to see what liabilites belong to whom for 1: any damage 2: any injuries in decorating 3: who has to take it all down. You might find they have suggestions for decorations as well.

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March 7, 20110 found this helpful

Checked with the arena and such, they don't care how we decorate. Think I decided to go with tulle (cheapest idea, even cheaper than the plastic tablecloth roll). Thinking of maybe some white satin in between every few tulle swags. also thinking of maybe somehow sprinking rose pedals in the tulle; thinking of either white or blue tulle, pipe and drape walls will be white. What's everyone think. Any suggestions on what I can hang from the 40 foot ceiling down about 15 feet from floor. heard about hoola hoops, bike rim, etc... thinking maybe lattice, or thinking of any other rectangle large peice to hang the swags off of and then decorate the middle of it. the sectioned room will be about 70 x 90. Thank you all for your suggestions.

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April 5, 20110 found this helpful

Have you answered why the wedding is taking place in an ice arena? Just curious. Also after the wedding, please post the pictures of what you finally did.

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